Men's Basketball Hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.
Dec. 5, 2009
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Cal State Bakersfield (1-4) at Oregon State (3-3), 2:06 PM
Radio: Beaver Sports Radio Network; Mike Parker (play-by-play)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: www.osubeavers.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Oregon State vs. CS Bakersfield: Oregon State leads 2-0
Corvallis, Ore.: Oregon State leads 1-0
Bakersfield, Calif.: Oregon State leads 1-0
Neutral: Never Met
The Oregon State men’s basketball team returns to action this weekend as the Beavers host Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets to the contest can be purchased by calling the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS as the game can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network with Mike Parker providing the call.
Oregon State enters the contest winners of two straight after the Beavers defeated Colorado, 74-69, in the Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series. Calvin Haynes led Oregon State in the win with a season high 19 points as four Beavers finished in double figures. The Beavers iced the game at the line as Oregon State was a perfect 10-for-10 from the stripe in the final four minutes and 17-of-18 from the line in the second half.
Seth Tarver continues to lead the Oregon State attack, averaging 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as Haynes ranks second on the squad with 9.8 points per contest.
The Oregon State defense has been strong as well as the Beavers enter the contest holding opponents to just 40.2 percent from the field and 29.1 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Cal State Bakersfield enters the contest with a mark of 1-4 on the season after the Roadrunners suffered an 87-47 loss at UC Riverside on Wednesday. Trent Blakley leads three Cal State Bakersfield players in double figures with 17.2 points per game.
Oregon State leads the all-time series, 2-0, as the Beavers have captured wins in each of the last two seasons. Last year, Oregon State picked up a 65-59 win in Corvallis.
SCOUTING CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
Cal State Bakersfield, led by fifth-year head coach Keith Brown, enters the contest with a mark of 1-4 on the season as the Roadrunners are in their third full season as a NCAA Division I program.
Trent Blakley leads the Cal State Bakersfield attack at 17.2 points per game as Donavan Bragg ranks second on the squad at 11.8 points per contest.
The Roadrunners have struggled from the field so far this year, hitting on 35.5 percent of their shots from the floor and just 28.8 percent from behind the three-point line.
Meanwhile, Cal State Bakersfield is holding opponents to 46.9 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from behind the arc.
Oregon State leads the all-time series, 2-0, after capturing a 65-59 win in Corvallis last season.
Seth Tarver PLAYING WELL TO START THE SEASON
Senior forward Seth Tarver has led the Oregon State attack to open the season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds to lead the Beavers in both categories through six games. In the victory over George Washington, Tarver led the team with 18 points while recording three assists and three steals.
The senior also led the Oregon State attack at the “Duel in the Desert” tournament and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds through the three games.
Tarver currently leads the Pac-10 with 2.8 steals per game and is among the active career leaders in several categories, ranking 10th in career points (737), fourth in rebounds (423) and first in steals (121).
OREGON STATE’S QUEST FOR SCHOOL VICTORY NUMBER 1600 UNDERWAY
After a victory against Colorado, Oregon State stands just three wins shy of a historic milestone as the Beavers have compiled a mark of 1,597-1,183 over the years. During that span, Oregon State has captured 21 conference titles, including five Pac-10 Conference crowns, and has made 16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship appearances.
Oregon State, the 15th winningest program in men’s college basketball history, stands three wins shy of its 1,600th victory. Only 14 programs have reached the historic milestone as Western Kentucky was the last program to accomplish the feat, surpassing 1,600 wins last season.
In addition to the historic program total, head coach Craig Robinson has reached the 50-win plateau as the second-year head coach picked up his 50th career win at George Washington. Robinson owns a 51-49 career mark in three-plus seasons.
Seth Tarver AND THE 1-3-1 WREAK HAVOC ON OPPOSING OFFENSES
Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone defense received a lot of attention last season and the guard at the top of the zone, Seth Tarver, is a big reason why. The senior currently leads the Pac-10 Conference at 2.8 steals per game. Tarver led the league last season with 2.0 steals per game in conference play, becoming the first Oregon State player since Gary Payton to lead the league in steals.
In addition to Tarver, the rest of the Oregon State defense has done its part as well, as the Beavers rank second in the conference at 8.4 steals per game. The defense has also done its part in keeping opponent’s three-point field goal percentage down, as opponents are only hitting 29.1 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
Oregon State returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5:00 p.m. when the Beavers travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face Big 12 Conference opponent Nebraska.